Australian Psychosis Conference 2018 Speaker Prof Vera MorganHead of the Neuropsychiatric Epidemiology Research Unit & Deputy Director (Epidemiology), Centre for Clinical Research in Neuropsychiatry, The University of Western AustraliaOperational Epidemiologist, North Metropolitan Health Service Mental HealthAdjunct Professor, Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania
Professor Vera Morgan is Head of the Neuropsychiatric Epidemiology Research Unit and Deputy Director (Epidemiology) of the Centre for Clinical Research in Neuropsychiatry in the Division of Psychiatry at The University of Western Australia, Operational Epidemiologist for North Metropolitan Health Service Mental Health, and Adjunct Professor at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania. She is a psychiatric epidemiologist with a special interest in studying schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders using record-linkage and survey methods. Her cross-disciplinary approach to the study of psychosis melds epidemiological, psychiatric, sociological and criminological perspectives on aetiology and course to help unravel its complex nature and improve outcomes for affected people. Her current program of research focuses on environmental and genetic contributions to the risk of schizophrenia, as well as physical health comorbidity, including metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease, in people with psychotic illness. She was National Project Director and Convenor: Technical Advisory Group for the Australian Government National Survey of High Impact Psychosis. Her professional roles have included President: Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research, Vice-President: Australasian Epidemiological Association, Chair: Research Committee of the Mental Health Council of Australia and Member: The University of Western Australia Senate.